ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

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Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior
Recent Examples on the Web In their memo, consultants made the case for improving bus stop amenities like shelters, benches and trash cans along Broadway. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Broadway is one of the city's main thoroughfares. Here's what to expect for its future," 2 Jan. 2020 Hosts are expected to provide basic amenities such as towels, bed linens and toilet paper. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know if you're hosting an Airbnb in Milwaukee in 2020," 20 Dec. 2019 Players will have amenities such as uniforms and travel covered by the team, and will receive per-game stipends. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Professional women’s Ultimate is coming to Minnesota," 16 Dec. 2019 Other small churches have seen their members drift away to attend megachurches that offer more amenities to their members, such as coffee shops and childcare. al, "That Old-Time Religion: Heyday of the rural church slips away as country church got swallowed by the suburbs," 8 Dec. 2019 Live Nation will pick up the tab for the fixed seating and new amenities such as permanent dressing rooms for performers. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "First concert announced for new-look Amphitheater at White River State Park," 3 Dec. 2019 Supporters say the incentives will be tied to public amenities like sports fields, acres of parks and hundreds of units of affordable housing. Hannah Leone,, "The ‘CTU 9’: The Hideout hosts fundraiser for teachers arrested while protesting Lincoln Yards developer Sterling Bay during strike," 23 Nov. 2019 For homeowners like Redkey, the attraction is the chance to be near such urban amenities as the Pearl, the St. Mary’s Strip and restaurants around Monte Vista, all for a relatively affordable price. Richard A. Marini,, "Tall, skinny infill homes the future of new-home building near downtown San Antonio," 22 Nov. 2019 All the apartments would have amenities such as fitness rooms, central gathering places, bicycle storage, even a pet park. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford working with developers, property owner and the state to redevelop Founders Plaza," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of amenity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for amenity

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

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The first known use of amenity was in the 14th century

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amenity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce amenity (audio) How to pronounce amenity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- \
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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